A woman sets the purpose of life and living, and thus the foundation for a society. A classical example from the Vedas of Indian mythology is the transformation of Shiva to Shankara – from ascetic to a householder. The Indian epic Ramayana is another example to this age-old propaganda. This, not positioning to exactitude in time and space, lay down the foundation of society and civilization, wherein women have played a key role in sustaining humanity and civilizations, this far.
In historical retrospect, women empowerment refers to strengthening the social, economic and educational rights associated with them. It refers to an environment where there is no gender bias and both men and women have equal rights in community, society and workplaces.
Today, according to data available and published in the internet, the world population of women account to almost 50%, and so women have a right under equal footing with men, similar to the two wheels of a cart, similarities in terms of aspects associated with role-function, responsibilities, actions, etc., so as to offer growth and development and sustenance in this human endeavor of society and living.
Some of the points that I would like to bring to spotlight is about the importance of women/girl education for socio-economic benefits and social sustenance. This is being initiated with strong consciousness at Marwadi University through the arm of “Women Cell”.
Benefits and Importance of Girl and Women Education
Educating girls and women is important for the world as a whole.
- Economic development and prosperity:
- Education will empower girl &women to come forward and contribute towards the overall development, growth, and prosperity of the country, as both men and women contribute towards growth in strategic sectors’ and life.
- Quality lifestyle:
- Education helps a woman to earn livelihood, become independent, and live a respectful, happy, healthyand meaningful life.
- Good mental and physical health:
- Educated girls and women can work the profession they want to and fulfill their dreams and goals in life. Working at an honorable place will bring them mental peace and professional satisfaction.
- Educated girls and women are sensitive to the importance of health and hygiene. Through health education, they are empowered to lead a healthy life-style. Educated mothers can take better care of herself, her siblings, and family and the village environments.
- Dignity and honor:
- Educated women are now looked upon with dignity and honor. They become a source of inspiration for millions of young girls who make them their role-models.
- Educated women are better informed of their rights for justice. This in effect lead to decline in exploitations,violence and injustice against women such as dowry, prostitution, child-marriage, etc.
- Equality &Choice of profession:
- Equality in choosing Education empowers women in many aspects. A girl / women can prove be highly successful in chosen profession in life, such as become a successful doctor, engineer, scientist, nurses, air-hostesses, cook, or even work as an officer in the armed forces, civil services, police force, or pursue political endeavors as well……. .
- Alleviate poverty: Women education is a quintessential to alleviate poverty. This demand massive contribution from educated women. There cannot be many social and economic changes unless girls and women are given their rights for education.
The empowerment of women would result in overall development of society both at micro and macro level. Active participation of women in economic activities and decisions, would contribute towards overall economic development.
SocialChallenges in the Indian Context
The challenges/ barriers of women empowerment are the following:
- Superiority complex: Inherent superiority complex among the males, make it difficult for female to rise higherin the social and professional hierarchy.
- Mindset : Preference to male child (celebrations, etc)., and high level of domestic responsibilities is basically a female responsibility.
- Castes and beliefs: Restrictions to participate in social, economic and religious activities.
- Discrimination: In our society, the boy-child often gets preference – in choosing education, diet-attributes, property, etc., over the girl child.
What MU Women’s Cell is attempting to do:
The women cell at MU, has initiated to educate and empower girl and women by way and means of creating awareness camps, being sensitive to women rights, initiating government schemes, and creating an array of activities that enable and empower women to live and achieve their goals in life as well….as well as take up some of the challenges (as detailed above) that girl and women face in the present social setup.
Prof. Foram Rajdev
Chairperson – Women Cell
Multicultural Video Contest
Prof Foram Rajdev participated in IEEE Region 10 SYWL Congress 2018 held from 29th August to 2nd September,2018 at Bali, Indonesia as a representative of IEEE Gujarat section from Marwadi University.
IEEE had organized a “Multicultural Video Contest” at the Multicultural night of the congress.
Participants had to submit a video about their country/section, representing it’s people, culture, food, dance, natural beauty, cities, etc. anything they think people should know about their country/section. People around the region 10 (Asia countries) had submitted their videos for their section or country, Prof Foram Rajdev, faculty of Mathematics, had submitted video with the title ” My Incredible India” for this video contest at R10 congress and won the 1st Prize for Gujarat Section. This prize was announced on Award night at the congress.
Times of India Public Speaking Contest
Ms Radha ( Marwadi University BSc Sem 4 student) achieved 5th position and a cash prize of Rs 20000 in the final round of all Gujarat Times of India Public Speaking Contest held at Ahmedabad. Sunil Parekh gave her award and great to see that MU student competed against entire state and stood 5th in Gujarat.
Mainly problems related to sexual harassment or sexual abuse come under the premises of
If you are a student/faculty associated with MU and facing a problem related to harassment
then you can contact Women’s Cell.
Drop a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with your complaint or to make
an appointment with the Women cell coordinator.
You don’t have anything to worry about. Utmost priority is given to confidentiality. All the
details and identities are kept confidential during and after the process.
If you have faced any kind of harassment, you should complain within 3 months of the
After getting the problem in written form, we will act immediately.